STATESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - Three more people are facing charges after dozens of guns were stolen in a Statesville pawn shop break-in early Thursday morning. Two teens have already been charged and another man is still being sought in the case.
Statesville police say the thieves forced their way into Bullseye Pawn on W Front Street at Oakland Avenue and took 73 firearms, including five rifles, and a large amount of ammunition. It happened sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Monday, police announced they obtained warrants for Da’Monte Ty’Yon Morrison, Treyvon Latrell Turner and Dakura Antrone Rickett. The warrants are for felony breaking and entering and two counts of larceny of a firearm.
Friday, police said a 15-year-old male was charged with breaking and entering and felony larceny of a firearm. He is being held in Alexander Juvenile Detention.
Police also charged 19-year-old Shanita Howell with accessory after the fact in connection with the crime.
One man, 20-year-old Demaja Watts, is still wanted for felony breaking and entering and two counts of larceny of a firearm.
Working with the SBI, Statesville Police said their officers worked through the night identifying the suspects and recovering stolen weapons. Search warrants were executed at several locations where investigators recovered twelve of the stolen handguns, all five stolen rifles and stolen ammunition.
Officials say they are anticipating more charges and more suspects as they continue the investigation.
Statesville Police Chief David Addison said on Thursday, before the arrests, that he was concerned about so many weapons being on the streets.
“We need to know where they are going,” he said.
Addison added that serial numbers had been collected and put into a national system - so if the weapons turned up anywhere, they would be flagged as stolen. Authorities said they did have some leads in the case but would not elaborate.
Police told WBTV the burglary happened while officers were tied up responding to major storm issues in the area. The power outage kept the alarms from sounding and the surveillance cameras from recording and that is making it a tougher case, say authorities.
A reward of up to $13,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340, or the NC State Bureau of Investigation at 828-294-2226.